CLAS Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences currently supports 50 different scholarships through the College's annual scholarship competition. As a result of the generosity of all our scholarship donors, the College has been able to provide close to $409,300 in scholarship assistance to 126 students this fall. View 2015-2016 scholarship recipients.

See photos from the 2014 Scholarship Luncheon event.

See photos of the Spring 2015 Ferentz Undergraduate Fellows.

Applications for the 2015–2016 school year will be available November 1, 2014–February 2, 2015.  Many scholarships require that applicants have filed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For continuing students, the FAFSA filed for the 2014-15 academic year will be used in the selection process. If you are a new incoming first year student or new transfer student, be sure to have your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completed and submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by March 15, 2015.

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out more information about scholarships and completing the FAFSA.

To be eligible for any CLAS scholarship, students must:

  • have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • be enrolled in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting program and seeking your first undergraduate degree.

The deadline for most applications is Monday, February 2, 2015.  Letters of recommendation , when needed, will be accepted until Monday, February 9, 2015.  Scholarship awards will be announced by April 15, 2015.

List of scholarships and applications

Note: When applying, make sure you have the full name and correct University of Iowa e-mail address of those submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. (All recommenders must be faculty at The University of Iowa.)

Once you submit your application, an e-mail will be automatically sent to the individuals writing your letters of recommendation. That e-mail will contain the correct information on how to submit the letters of recommendation electronically.  Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted until your application is complete.

For entering first-year students only

Applications for the Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarship will be available November 1, 2014–February 2, 2015.  No application is required for the CLAS Excellence Award, Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship or the William and Effa McMeans Scholarship. The College works with the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid to determine the recipients.  Winners will be contacted by UI email on or before April 15, 2015.

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability
CLAS Excellence Awards First-year students only -must apply for UI Presidential Scholarship to be considered, no other application is required.
Robert F. and Mary J. Godwin Scholarship

First-year students only
Next available application 2016-2017

Dean Gerhard Loewenberg Scholarship First-year students only - must apply for UI Presidential Scholarship to be considered.  No other application is required.
William and Effa McMeans Scholarships First-year students only - no application required
Shoemaker-Strickler Memorial Scholarships First-year students only - apply online beginning November 1 2014
Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science and Statistics Entering first-year, entering transfer, or current students
First priority given to undergraduate students  in Actuarial Science  who exhibit demonstrated intellect, creativity,  ambition and financial need.   Application details will be announced by November 1, 2014.
Dorothy Wirtz Fine Arts Scholarship First-year students majoring in Art & Art History, Cinematic Arts, English-Interest in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, or Theatre Arts.

Merit scholarships for currently enrolled students in a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree granting program.

Applications for the 2015–2016 school year available November 1, 2014–February 2, 2015

Scholarship Eligibility
Croft Family Scholarship Major in International Studies-application will be sent to eligible students October 1, 2014.  Deadline to apply is November 1,  2014.
Bill and John Fenton Scholarships  All CLAS majors
Richard J. Odem Scholarship Major in Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics
George S. Schaeffer Scholarships

Major in an eligible science (see scholarship
information for list)

Dr. George Schulz-Behrend Fund Major in German-application deadline is February 5, 2015.
Barbara G. and Professor Ralph I. Stephens Art Scholarship Major in Art and Art History
Velma E. Stuit Scholarships

Women majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry,
Physics, or another science

Esther Walls Scholarship

Major in the fine arts, social sciences,
or humanities

Mae Rodger White Scholarship Annually rotates

Financial need-based scholarships for all CLAS majors

To apply for all of the following scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year, complete the online application between November 1, 2014 and February 2, 2015. Completion of the 2014-15 FAFSA is also required for consideration.

Scholarship Eligibility
Mary Goodykoontz Barnes Scholarship Financial need-based
Nadyne Harris Scholarships Financial need-based
Ralph K. and Maxine J. Hibbs Scholarships Financial need-based
Margaret Foster Hoff Memorial Scholarship Financial need-based
Alexander Kern Scholarships Financial need-based
Faith M. Knowler Scholarship Financial need-based
Edward Prichett Scholarship Fund Financial need-based
Myrna Lee Sprengeler Memorial Scholarship Financial need-based
Mary Campbell Tow Scholarship Financial need-based
CLAS Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Financial need-based

Financial need-based scholarships for specific CLAS majors

Applications for the 2015–2016 school year available November 1, 2014 –February 2, 2015.
Completion of the 2014-15  FAFSA is required for consideration.

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability
LuVella Burnett Scholarship Financial need-based
Jackie L. Christopher Scholarship Major in Mathematics or Computer Science
Roger H. and Marilyn J. Coleman Scholarship Major in Communication Studies or Journalism & Mass Communication
James and Syndy Conger Scholarship

Major in a classical or modern language (see scholarship
information for list of majors)

Lennis J. Holm Scholarship Annually rotates among Theatre Arts--Playwriting (2015-16), and Cinema--Screenwriting (2016-17) English-Nonfiction Writing (2017-18)
David W. Koehser Scholarship Major in Economics, Political Science, or History
Morris & Lenore Mandelbaum Family Fund Scholarship Major in Anthropology, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Political Science, Economics (BA or BS), History, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, International Studies
Mary Pelechek Scholarship Fund Major in Music or the Fine Arts. Applicants of Bohemian (Czech) descent given preference
Adelaide Boerner Trickey Scholarship

Major in Music or Psychology
Rotates on a two-year basis between the School of
Music and the Department of Psychology (see scholarship
information for dates)

Richard S. and Helene D. Trump Scholarship Annually alternates between German and School of Art and Art History. There will be two awards for each for 2015-16.
Charles E. and Eleanore G. Wilson Scholarship in Actuarial Science

Current students, entering first-year, or transfer students.
Priority given to students who have a major or interest in Actuarial Science.  Statistics majors are also eligible to apply.  The application will be available November 1, 2014 - March 15, 2015.

Rainbow Science Scholarship Fund Must have a major in one of the following departments: Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, Biology, Communications Science & Disorders, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health & Human Physiology, Psychology, and/or Statistics & Actuarial Science.

 Other scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility and Availability
Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship Major in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.  Application available in Spring 2015
Adele Kimm Scholarship Major or involved in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies through coursework or service.. Application available November 2014.
Hogan Family Scholarship Available to  History majors for 2015–16, and to English majors in 2016–17, Writer's Workshop students in 2017-18.
Jacob A. Swisher Prize Major in History or Political Science. Rotates annually. Available to Political Science 2015-16 and to History 2016-17.
Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship

Major in History and an honor's student

M. Gladys Scott Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning fall 2014

Homewood Memorial Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate majors in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning fall 2014

C. Pauline Spencer Scholarship

Undergraduate and Graduate women majoring in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning fall 2014

Miriam Taylor Scholarship

Undergradaute and Graduate major in Sport Studies.
Application available in department beginning fall 2014

The Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research All CLAS majors
Claire and Carl Stuart Study Abroad Scholarship Fund Winterim Study Abroad funding
Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research CLAS students pursuing Research. Application available in October.